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  • Public Transit: Worthwhile Investment? - Revised and Expanded

    Posted on December 01, 1999 | Type: Policy Report | Author: John Semmens

    Should taxpayers be asked to pay more to fund expansions in existing public transit? That is the question facing city governments throughout the Phoenix metropolitan region. While proponents of increased funding of transit are doing their best to promote such tax increases, municipal government would do well to consider the implications before rushing to board the transit "bandwagon". An objective analysis of these implications indicates that the costs appear to far outweigh the benefits.

  • Grand Canyon Transportation Planning: The Railroading of Visitors

    Posted on October 15, 1999 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dennis Foster

    The National Park Service (NPS) has spent years designing and redesigning transportation plans for Grand Canyon National Park. The current state of these plans calls for a light rail system to be used to shuttle visitors into and out of the park. The stated goal of the transit system is "to provide more convenient access to the park than is now experienced." The premise is that the quality of the visitors' experience is currently being degraded not only by increasing congestion, but by the mere presence of the internal combustion engine.

  • Preserving Open Space - The Private Alternative

    Posted on February 01, 1999 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    It is often noted and well remembered that Arizona is one of the states with the fastest growing population in the nation. The growth of our population during the 1990s, 24 percent, ranked only behind Nevada. The state's growth rate in the 1980s was third, once again behind Nevada, and Alaska. This rapid growth has created the worry that Arizona's exceptional natural beauty will soon be buried under tract houses, golf courses and strip malls; a worry leading to several government initiatives to preserve the State's natural heritage.

  • Get 'Em While They're Young - The Second Childcare Revolution and the Expansion of the Nanny State

    Posted on November 01, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    An easy way to make it into the papers in Arizona is to come up with a list ranking the state's standing in various indicators of well-being. Kids Count, the Children's Rights Council, the Corporation for Enterprise Development, all make news telling Arizonans how bad off they are compared with other states.

  • The Dash - Time to Kill that Wascally Wabbit

    Posted on October 15, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Melinda Ogle

    Those who believe that the government can only provide inferior services should take a look at the National Park Service's line of premier outhouses: $420,000 for one disguised as a corn-crib, $330,000 for one with limestone capstones for its porch railing and a slate roof, and a whopping $1 million for a four-holer with state-of-the-art, solar powered composting units and a backup propane generator.

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